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"What's New" at the ballpark in 201303/20/2013 1:31 PM ET
By Blake Arlington / Buffalo Bisons
A new era in Buffalo Bisons baseball is just 16 days away as the Herd will host the Rochester Red Wings on Opening Day, Thursday, April 4 (2:05 p.m.) as the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 2013 season is the Bisons' 128th year of professional baseball in Buffalo and their 26th at Coca-Cola Field. As the club nears the start of its next chapter in team history, they announced many of the great new features fans can come to expect as part of the Bisons Baseball Experience.
An incredible off-season for the Bisons began in September as the club announced they are the new Triple-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Since then, the club has unveiled a great new Primary Logo and Home, Road and Alternate Uniforms that honor the team's celebrated past as well as their exciting future. The partnership with the Blue Jays was also the inspiration for Promotional Days like Blue Jays Night, presented by Samuel Son & Co. on July 13, a new Blue Jays Themed Rental Suite on the ballpark's club level, Concession Items such as Poutine and Blue Jays Merchandise Items in both the Batter's Box Gift Shop and the Bisons Team Shop.
Other additions to Coca-Cola Field in 2013 include the all new Hall of Fame Heritage Room that pays tribute to all 85 inducted members to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. The other diamond at the ballpark, Pettibones Grille will be re-launched as 'The Pub at the Park.' The team's popular concessions menu will also benefit from the addition of an all new Wine Cart as well as the installation of another Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine to better service fans on warmer days.
Great improvements have also been made away from Coca-Cola Field. The team has re-launched an exciting new design to Bisons.com. Among the new features available on the site include FREE Print at Home for tickets and the ability to Pick Your Seat when ordering tickets.
Bisons and Blue Jays align as partners
With that change comes a new look for the Bisons. The team unveiled a new Primary Logo, designed locally by ADPRO Sports, which represents a modern twist to a fan-favorite design from the first few seasons at the ballpark. The logo includes the return of a red-white-blue color scheme as well as a Buster figure gearing up to hit another home run.
In 2013, the Bisons players will take to the field with new Home, Road and Alternate Uniforms. Using performance technology from Russell Athletic, the classic home white and road gray tops are complimented by an alternate red jersey that features the Blue Jays split font numbers and a bi-national patch on the right sleeve. Two new official On-Field Caps have been produced locally by the New Era Cap Company.
Bisons introduce many Blue Jays' inspired additions
The Bisons transformed one of their popular themed rental suites into the all new Blue Jays Suite. Located behind home plate on the club level, the Blue Jays suite will feature Toronto team colors, photos of the great players from the team's past as well as entertaining games for fans of all ages.
One of the great treats found in Canada, Poutine (a combination of gravy and cheese curds served over French fries) will now be available in both Pettibones Grille & Catering Center and concession stands. Blue Jays Apparel and Caps will also be sold in all Bisons gift shops, including on Bisons.com.
History has a home in new Hall of Fame Heritage Room
The Bisons are proud to partner with the Buffalo Sports Museum to present different exhibits throughout the 2013 season, including Luke Easter and Offermann Stadium, the Rockpile Days, the filming of "The Natural," and more! An exhibit schedule will be available on Bisons.com.
Connect with the team in new ways on Bisons.com
The ability to get to the ballpark from your home has never been easier. On Bisons.com, the Print at Home feature is now Free of Charge! Also, fans will now have the ability to Pick Your Seat online and purchase the exact seat at Coca-Cola Field that they want.
Pettibones Grille becomes 'The Pub at the Park'
The Bisons are proud to continue their commitment to showcase the great Local Food Products of Western New York. Additions to the Pettibones Grille menu in 2013 will feature even more of the flavors Buffalo fans have grown to love:
Wardynski's Grilled Buffalo-Style Sausage Patty on Costanzo's 'Buffalo Roll'
Great additions have been made outside of Pettibones Grille, as well. Buffalo's own Constanzo's is now the Official Sandwich Roll at Coca-Cola Field. Fans will enjoy their line of rolls throughout the ballpark. An all new Wine Cart has been added to the main concourse. Fans will be able to purchase wine and wine slushies across from the Consumer's Craft Beer Corner. The team has also installed an additional Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine at the Upstate Farms concession stand to provide fans with faster service of cooler treats.
fridaynightbash!® Happy Hour ramped up for 2013
Additions in 2013 include a special Charlie the Butcher Mini Beef on Weck, only available at the Happy Hour. The team will also hold a special contest every Friday night with prizes including Flying Bison for a Year, a BW's BBQ Dinner at your House, a Flying Bison Kegerator and more!
Bisons Gift Shops expand merchandise catalog
Of course, the gift shops are also the best location for all official on-field jerseys and New Era caps.
Great new novelties are also now available, including stuffed dolls, t-shirts and hats celebrating the Bisons popular Wing, Cheese and Celery Mascot Race.